STUDS TERKEL: Studs Terkel dead — chicagotribune.com: The author-radio host-actor-activist and Chicago symbol has died. “My epitaph? My epitaph will be ‘Curiosity did not kill this cat,’” he once said. I stood in line behind Studs Terkel at Treasure Island once when I was in college. I was looking at him pretty intently, I guess, Read more about I knew it was coming, but I hate that it had to happen. Studs Terkel died.[…]
Danny Dill has passed away. Mr. Dill wrote “Long Black Veil” with Marijohn Wilkin, a that song has been recorded by Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia and a slew of others. His “Detroit City,” written with Mel Tillis, became a standard when recorded by Bobby Bare. Largely on the strength of those songs, Mr. Read more about RIP Danny Dill, co-writer of “Long Black Veil”[…]
Celebrity deaths don’t often prompt a reaction in me, but this one made me gasp. Not because it was so very unexpected, really, but because no matter how old he got or how sickly he was looking, I guess it’s hard to believe someone so smartassed could really die. He’ll be missed.
I started to use the term “tragic” in the subject of this post, but then realized it seemed redundant to describe a child’s death that way. Found on Shaun Groves’ blog, but he’s quoting the Tennessean: One of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman’s six children was killed this afternoon when she was struck Read more about The death of a child is always “tragic,” I guess[…]
CNN Money, that is. Omniture put out a press release about some of the success Magazines.com has had using their Test & Target (formerly Offermatica) tool, and it got picked up on CNN Money’s Marketwire. And look! “When specifying our testing and optimization goals, we wanted to deliver more personalized content to different types of Read more about We’re in the money![…]
I’m not even going to pretend for a second that I don’t think this is super-cool: “We found that the page with highest rate of entering and then exiting quickly was our homepage,” says Kate O’Neill, director of customer experience and product development, Magazines.com. “And it was happening at such an alarming rate. We needed Read more about I’ve never been the “play it cool” type anyway[…]
Good to see that Hall & Oates have a healthy attitude about allowing their music to be repurposed, even if that repurposing is done with more than a hint of irony. Speaking from his home outside of Aspen, Oates credits Yacht Rock for rekindling interest in his band — and lowering the overall age of Read more about Creative reuse[…]
This is right by my boss’ boss house, where Karsten and I house-sit and dog-sit and occasionally kid-sit (we’ll be doing that again next week). We’d noticed the tree in the road and wondered what was up with it, but believe it or not, we didn’t realize Gore and Frist both live on that street. Read more about In case you didn’t believe that Al Gore loves trees…[…]
Chicago regains the title of America’s murder capital, despite a sharp drop in homicides, police say.
From the AP – Long before his days as billionaire premier, Silvio Berlusconi used to croon on a cruise ship. Now, Italy’s leader is coming out with an album of love songs. My favorite part is the lyrical excerpt: “One verse penned by the premier goes: ‘With my heart in my mouth/Because your love is Read more about I love this.[…]